Beloved Williamsburg Japanese restaurant Okonomi’s fish market is now open for business. Osakana, just a few blocks away at 290 Graham Ave., sells local and seasonal seafood fresh daily in the same style as the markets that are more ubiquitous in Japan. Owner Yuji Haraguchi decided to open it after fielding questions for years about where to buy fish for home cooking. His new fish market only opened after he raised about $57,000 on Kickstarter from close to 400 people, surpassing his $50,000 goal. It soft opened last Thursday and will have a grand opening later this month, according to assistant manager Emma Kramer.
Fish education classes and demonstrations, a hallmark of the shop, will start this week, Kramer says. Schedules and sign-up information is available online. Though Haraguchi previously planned to have a fast-casual lunch counter, Osakana will only be doing prepared food take-out, which will start later this month. Visitors who don’t want to wait for a table at Okonomi or Yuji Ramen will be able to take home sashimi boxes, ramen broth, and noodles to eat at home, Kramer says.